October 28, 2012
By SAM JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Harvest Foundation celebrated 10 years of community development Friday by announcing a new pilot program called “Pick up the Pace” (PUP).
Through the program, Harvest will issue 10 grants of up to $10,000 each to help more local organizations get involved in community redevelopment to help make Henry County-Martinsville “a community of choice,” said Harvest Program Officer Angela Logan.
PUP was announced during Harvest’s 10th anniversary luncheon Friday at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Among the program’s goals are to demonstrate the possibilities when leaders partner with organizations to make a difference in the area, according to Harvest information.
“This cannot be very me-organization-centric,” Logan said. “We’re out to make a difference in the community.”
Since the grant size is small compared to what Harvest often issues, PUP projects must have a shorter shelf life, Logan said. Projects must be completed within 90 days.
Logan also stressed that the benefits must be concrete and tangible in Martinsville/Henry County.
For example, Logan said, a single church cannot apply for a grant for its own ends, but if several churches got together to seek funds to create a community garden if could be eligible for a grant.
She also gave an example of more than one group getting together to sponsor a youth event on Friday nights with a meal, activities and a positive message, illustrating the idea of “multiple organizations, multiple audiences, multiple impact,” Logan added.
The projects must relate to one or more of Harvest’s focus areas: health, education and community vitality, the release said.
Recipients must be recognized nonprofits, religious institutions, government entities or “fiscal agents” acting for others, so long as the purpose is charitable, the release said.
Applications can be submitted online, in person or via e-mail. Once submitted, a decision will be reached within two weeks, Logan said.
Thirty days after a project is finished, Logan said Harvest will help publicize the results.
Organizations can apply for more than one grant per year, but each grant must be distinct.
Harvest President Allyson Rothrock said she fully expects that “triple the number of those (applications) we approve will be denied.”
“If yours doesn’t get approved, keep applying,” she urged.More information on the PUP program and grant applications can be found at www.theharvestfoundation.org, or by calling Logan at 632-3329.
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